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Wood as food: Arbiom CEO on creating high-protein yeast from wood

By Media Coverage

Arbiom uses microbial fermentation to transform carbohydrates from wood biomass and residues into a single-cell protein yeast that can be added to food and feed.

Fi Global Insights – September 11, 2020

By Niamh Michail

“If you walk in a forest, you see mushrooms growing on living trees and we took inspiration from that,” said Marc Chevrel, CEO of US-headquartered start-up Arbiom. “The mushroom is going to release enzymes to make the wood palatable to it and then use it to produce food. We are doing that but in a more systematic, efficient, and industrial way to close the protein gap.”

Safe history helps novel protein from wood-eating yeast

By Media Coverage

From PetfoodIndustry.com – September 2, 2020

By Tim Wall

Torula yeast (Cyberlindnera jadinii) feed on woody biomass left as waste or residues from making wood products. Researchers can extract protein from those yeast. For pet food, torula yeast may have an advantage over other novel proteins.

Arbiom Study Shows SylPro® Protein Ingredient for Use in Food Applications

By Press Releases

Proof-of-concept study shows use of wood-derived protein ingredient used in food-grade product prototypes

DURHAM, N.C. – June 10, 2020:  Arbiom announced today that its first commercial protein ingredient, SylPro®, can successfully be included in alternative meat applications.

Read Press Release: Arbiom SylPro Demonstrates Efficacy in Meat Alternative Food Applications

Arbiom completed a proof-of-concept study in partnership with a leading extrusion R&D organization to evaluate SylPro for use in human food applications and existing meat alternative products. In the study, SylPro was used in meat analog product prototypes in place of conventional plant-based protein ingredients. In particular, SylPro successfully replaced critical ingredients including soy, pea, and wheat gluten without compromising taste or product quality. The results demonstrate the potential for SylPro to replace ingredients that play a functional role in the final product, such as binding, but may have restrictions due to allergen concerns, in the case of wheat or soy, or sourcing concerns, in the case of egg.

“Arbiom’s vision is to offer a new protein ingredient to several markets, with study results showing proven-performance across a wide range of feed and food formulations,” said Arbiom CEO, Marc Chevrel.

“We are excited to offer SylPro as a viable protein source for companies developing plant-based alternatives to meat and animal proteins,” Chevrel said.

SYLFEED Consortium Completes Successful Aquafeed Trials of Arbiom’s Wood-to-Food Protein Ingredient for Nile Tilapia

By Press Releases

Paris – May 29, 2020: Arbiom today announced the results of a successful study evaluating SylPro®, its high-quality alternative protein ingredient, for use in Nile tilapia feed. The four-week trial was conducted by Matís Icelandic Food & Biotech R&D as part of the SYLFEED Consortium, an international and multidisciplinary four-year project aimed at scaling-up Arbiom’s technology to convert wood residues into a protein-rich ingredient and testing it in feed applications. Read Full Press Release

In the study, SylPro was included in Nile tilapia diets at levels of 0%, 10%, 20% and 30%, replacing a plant protein mix comprised of corn gluten meal, soybean meal and sunflower meal. The fish meal content of the diets remained constant. Results showed the replacement of the plant protein mix by SylPro showed no statistical difference in performance compared to conventional protein ingredients in terms of fish growth rates, measured in body weight gain, of the Nile tilapia at up to a 30% inclusion level in the diets.

“The Nile tilapia trial results indicate that SylPro can be used to replace a plant protein mix in feeds for juvenile Nile tilapia without significant loss in growth performance,” said Dr. Jon Arnason, Senior Animal Nutritionist with Matis.“This is a crucial developmental stage for the Nile tilapia and this study shows Arbiom’s novel protein to be a viable, nutritional protein ingredient,” Arnason said.

“These results build on findings from previous growth trial studies of SylPro in aquafeed diets for Atlantic salmon and Hybrid Striped Bass,” said Marc Chevrel, CEO of Arbiom. “Arbiom’s Wood-to-Food technology platform, and our flagship commercial product, SylPro, continue to consistently demonstrate that we can offer a viable alternative protein source for the aquaculture and animal feed industries, said Chevrel.

 

Matis Biotechnology R&D Center Aquaculture trial facility

Juvenile tilapia in SYLFEED-Arbiom feed trial of SylPro